Celia Peterson

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Beirut, Lebanon - 31/032017: A girl looking out from a balcony near Basta street, Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Kids playing in the Hayy Al Gharbeh area where a large number of the Lebanese and now Syrian Dom community live. Many of the Dom community still struggle to access healthcare even though they have a legal right. In Hayy al Gharbeh alone, there are estimated to be around 10,000 Dom. The area has seen an increase in the community with the arrival of the Syrian Dom fleeing war. The families are increasingly desperate, many having experienced trauma as well as children having missed out on years of education.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A horse tethered to the remains of a building in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids play football in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Bourj el Barajneh Camp, Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Overview of an area of th Bourj el Barajneh Camp.

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: 85 years old Sharifi had tattoos produced on her hands and face when she was 10. The Dom used to be famous for this but the new generation no longer practices this tradition. In Syria she lived in a tent with no chairs and moved into a concrete home when she was married at 15 years of age. She speaks Domari and is now living in a tented settlement in the Bekaa valley: “We had everything in Syria, now we have nothing. We are happy.”

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: 85 years old Sharifi had tattoos produced on her hands and face when she was 10. The Dom used to be famous for this but the new generation no longer practices this tradition. In Syria she lived in a tent with no chairs and moved into a concrete home when she was married at 15 years of age. She speaks Domari and is now living in a tented settlement in the Bekaa valley: “We had everything in Syria, now we have nothing. We are happy.”

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Mohamed watches as his friend Ali cuts Mohamed's hair. Ali's older brother is a barber and has taught him the trade, the Hayy Al Gharbeh area of Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Mohamed with his baby sibling and friend Hussein in the Hayy Al Gharbeh area of Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: 16 year old Mohamed has lived in the Hayy Al Gharbeh area for 10 years. His father works at a local ice cream shop and his mother is a housewife. Although Mohamed does not speak to the Dom lanauge, both his grandmother and mother speak Domari fluently.

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Jadra, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: The family outside their home in Jadra. The family do up the house room by room.

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Jadra, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Diala (left) and Khaldieh outside their family home. Their family do up the house room by room as and when they can afford it. They do not attend school as her family cannot afford the transportation. Many of the older Dom are illiterate so they don’t know how to register their children in school, even though they have the right to go to government schools. Their kids often face discrimination at these schools and are called “Nawar”, a negative term for the Dom with connotations of being dirty and of low morality. With little support network at home due to the generational effects of poverty, the kids tend to fail at school.

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Gaza, Palestine - 25/09/2014: Mrs. Nasseir at her partially destroyed home in the recent war with Israel, Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine. The family remain at their house during the day and leave for a school where they have temporary accommodation by night. The water tanks on their roof are no longer operational and they rely on NGOs to fill up water tanks in the area for their needs.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war, 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of a Gazan woman inside her badly damaged house. She lost many family members in 'Operation Protective Edge', including her two grand children who went out to buy milk for the family and were both killed by shelling. 35 members of her extended family all lost their homes within one hour of intense bombing, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A portrait of kids playing inside their house, partially destroyed during 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A child's burnt English school work in a street in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A young girl surveys the damage outside her house, wearing adult boots she has salvaged from the rubble. Pictured in a poster on the door is her uncle who died trying to launch a rocket at an Israeli plane during 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/09/2014: A young man looks out of his bombed house in Shajaya, Gaza.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: A view of Syrian refugees living in tents with Reyhanli town in the background, Turkey.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed al Sheikh Maree, 30, brother of injured Yusuf al Sheikh Maree, 4. Yusuf was playing with an element of a cluster bomb for over a year. Yusuf left the element next to the fire where all the family were gathered for lunch. The heat caused the device to explode whereby half the family, including his mother were instantly killed. Yusuf lost a leg amongst other serious stomach injuries. His brother now cares for him.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Syrian children making money by collecting rubbish in Reyhanli, Turkey, on the Syrian border with Turkey. The boy in green, 14, wants to go back to Syria to fight the regime.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed Mahmoud Khatib from Marea, Aleppo shows a picture of his son. taken by the Syrian regime over 2 year's ago.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Portrait of two Syrian refugees who run a website highlighting regime atrocities in Syria.

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12/10/16: Nabatiyeh, Lebanon: The Day of Ashura where Shia muslim pilgrims congregate commemorates the death of Husayn.

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12/10/16: Nabatiyeh, Lebanon: The Day of Ashura where Shia muslim pilgrims congregate commemorates the death of Husayn.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/09/2016: A worker takes a break on a construction site.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: The referee awaits the arrival of prospective kushti fiighters to present themselves.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: A prospective fighter comes forward from the crowd dancing and jumping to huge applause to present himself as a contestant.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Portrait of a Kushti fighter.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/11/2015: Expatriate Pakistani men watching the Friday Kushti battle between Mohamed Shahed and Mohamed Salwa.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: One of the judges intervenes as Mohamed Shahed (blue) and Mohamed Salwa fight each other. Fights are overseen by a referee inside the ring as well as an extra referee watching from outside the main circle.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Expatriate Pakistani men celebrating the victory of a Kushti fighter.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Faisal (top) is from Hyderabad in India and works as a mechanic in Dubai. He started Kushti 7 year's ago having previously studied judo. He trains after work each day with his friends for around 2 hours between 7-9pm.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A family stand outside their partially destroyed home, bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Ahmed, a prison officer and social worker checks on the inmates at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. The inmate numbers vary from 40-70 as the officers try to solve issues by communicating between the arrested parties before the cases reach the court.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: The inmates study the Quran as part of their rehabilitation.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Ahmed, who works as both a prison supervisor and social worker talks to 2 prisoners incarcerated for moral crimes at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. With a 20% re-offending rate, the prison prides itself on the prisoners’ change in attitude. Recently-released prisoners are encouraged to keep in touch and come back to the officers if they need help, economic or otherwise.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Ahmed, who works as both a prison supervisor and social worker talks to a prisoner incarcerated for moral crimes at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. Prisoners are separated according to their type of crime: moral, theft, drugs, or murder. The prison officers create a general programme for the inmates to help reform their behaviour.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Baby inside the prison with his mother who has been incarcerated for stealing, Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. The group are in a Quran lecture, which Yasmine, one of the prison guards believes “good people go to mosques but these women do not know how to go to the mosques. They need help, they need somebody to guide them down the right path in their lives.”

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Inmates pray together at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Baraa' and his mother, an inmate due to a 'moral crime' walk down a corridor at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. Babies and young children can remain with their mothers for 2-3 years after which they either remain with relatives of the inmate or are referred to an aid organisation based in Rafah.

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 17/02/2016: Fatma Yahya from Damascus is 30 year’s old and is a Syrian refugee in Lebanon. She left Syria when the conflict started and is working as a hairdresser to support her husband and kids. Her husband is a refugee in Germany and she is hoping to join him with their family. Fatma stands outside her salon in Baalbeck. Fatma did various gender empowerment and leadership training with Action Aid: “the most important thing with the gender training is that I felt empowered, I am self-confident and at the same time I feel I can now support others. It’s important to have your own career and business, and not to wait for others to support you or give you aid. If I didn’t have this salon, my kids and I would be in a bad situation. I want to improve my skills and career, perhaps progress to a bigger salon.”

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 17/02/2016: Fatma Yahya lives in Baalbeck, a conservative area in Lebanon. She finds men are not accepting of the new trend of Syrian women taking on more traditionally male roles but finds some of the more open minded men do accept it. “To be a successful woman is hard, I miss the time with my kids and my husband, I miss what they are doing at school and tracking their school work but I have to do this to survive.”

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 17/02/2016: Fatma Yahya has 2 daughters and a son. She has had her salon for 1 year cutting hair for both men and women. She worked as a hairdresser back in Syria but never used to cut men’s hair. Now she needs to make as much money as she can to support her 4 children and her husband. “Because of the situation, I see more women doing traditionally male roles, for sure we are doing it because we need the money, instead of asking people to support us. We have the power to do this.”

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: The Israeli army opens the separation barrier to allow the Palestinian farmers access to their land. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Two women wait patiently in their farm vehicle for Israel to open the separation barrier to allow them access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: NabiI Daoud's secuirty pass or 'Tasriyah' which allows him access across the Israeli separation barrier to 70% of his family's farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Mohammad Daoud awaits the Israeli army's opening of the separation barrier to allow him access to his family's farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Men sleeping at 6am whilst waiting for the Israeli army to open the separation barrier to allow them access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Samiya and Iyad Daoud taking care of their Zaatar fields, which are located on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier, which means they have limited access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: The Daoud family's Zaatar fields, which are located on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier, which means they have limited access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: The Daoud family take a tea break from tending to their Zaatar fields, located on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier, which means they have limited access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Gaza, Palestine - 25/09/2014: Antar Ahmed Al Shenbari and family, currently live at a UN school in Beit Hanoun after their family home was destroyed in "Operation Protective Edge". They are dependent on NGOs filling up water tanks in the school each day.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: The 'Clown Doctor' Alaa Megdad entertains 10 year old Marrah Deyab in the kidney dialysis ward at the Al Ranteesy Hospital in Gaza City. Marrah suffers from kidney failure and for the last 5 years has spent 4 days a week, 4 hours each trip on a dialysis machine. She has been denied access to a hospital in Nablus, Palestine by the Israeili authorities where she needs life-saving treatment.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan, head of Hamas's female police unit, photographed at her desk in the Arafat police station, showing her 7 year old son. Fadel, how to perform the perfect salute.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan, head of Hamas's female police unit's son and body guard at the Arafat police station.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan, head of Hamas's female police unit, photographed in a meeting with her police officers.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Mohamed, Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan's assistant and second in command at Hamas's female police unit, pictured at home with 4 of her children.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 31/032017: A girl looking out from a balcony near Basta street, Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Kids playing in the Hayy Al Gharbeh area where a large number of the Lebanese and now Syrian Dom community live. Many of the Dom community still struggle to access healthcare even though they have a legal right. In Hayy al Gharbeh alone, there are estimated to be around 10,000 Dom. The area has seen an increase in the community with the arrival of the Syrian Dom fleeing war. The families are increasingly desperate, many having experienced trauma as well as children having missed out on years of education.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A horse tethered to the remains of a building in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids play football in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Bourj el Barajneh Camp, Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Overview of an area of th Bourj el Barajneh Camp.

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: 85 years old Sharifi had tattoos produced on her hands and face when she was 10. The Dom used to be famous for this but the new generation no longer practices this tradition. In Syria she lived in a tent with no chairs and moved into a concrete home when she was married at 15 years of age. She speaks Domari and is now living in a tented settlement in the Bekaa valley: “We had everything in Syria, now we have nothing. We are happy.”

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: 85 years old Sharifi had tattoos produced on her hands and face when she was 10. The Dom used to be famous for this but the new generation no longer practices this tradition. In Syria she lived in a tent with no chairs and moved into a concrete home when she was married at 15 years of age. She speaks Domari and is now living in a tented settlement in the Bekaa valley: “We had everything in Syria, now we have nothing. We are happy.”

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Mohamed watches as his friend Ali cuts Mohamed's hair. Ali's older brother is a barber and has taught him the trade, the Hayy Al Gharbeh area of Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Mohamed with his baby sibling and friend Hussein in the Hayy Al Gharbeh area of Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: 16 year old Mohamed has lived in the Hayy Al Gharbeh area for 10 years. His father works at a local ice cream shop and his mother is a housewife. Although Mohamed does not speak to the Dom lanauge, both his grandmother and mother speak Domari fluently.

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Jadra, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: The family outside their home in Jadra. The family do up the house room by room.

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Jadra, Lebanon - 15/10/2016: Diala (left) and Khaldieh outside their family home. Their family do up the house room by room as and when they can afford it. They do not attend school as her family cannot afford the transportation. Many of the older Dom are illiterate so they don’t know how to register their children in school, even though they have the right to go to government schools. Their kids often face discrimination at these schools and are called “Nawar”, a negative term for the Dom with connotations of being dirty and of low morality. With little support network at home due to the generational effects of poverty, the kids tend to fail at school.

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Gaza, Palestine - 25/09/2014: Mrs. Nasseir at her partially destroyed home in the recent war with Israel, Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine. The family remain at their house during the day and leave for a school where they have temporary accommodation by night. The water tanks on their roof are no longer operational and they rely on NGOs to fill up water tanks in the area for their needs.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war, 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of a Gazan woman inside her badly damaged house. She lost many family members in 'Operation Protective Edge', including her two grand children who went out to buy milk for the family and were both killed by shelling. 35 members of her extended family all lost their homes within one hour of intense bombing, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A portrait of kids playing inside their house, partially destroyed during 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A child's burnt English school work in a street in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A young girl surveys the damage outside her house, wearing adult boots she has salvaged from the rubble. Pictured in a poster on the door is her uncle who died trying to launch a rocket at an Israeli plane during 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/09/2014: A young man looks out of his bombed house in Shajaya, Gaza.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: A view of Syrian refugees living in tents with Reyhanli town in the background, Turkey.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed al Sheikh Maree, 30, brother of injured Yusuf al Sheikh Maree, 4. Yusuf was playing with an element of a cluster bomb for over a year. Yusuf left the element next to the fire where all the family were gathered for lunch. The heat caused the device to explode whereby half the family, including his mother were instantly killed. Yusuf lost a leg amongst other serious stomach injuries. His brother now cares for him.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Syrian children making money by collecting rubbish in Reyhanli, Turkey, on the Syrian border with Turkey. The boy in green, 14, wants to go back to Syria to fight the regime.

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Kills, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Ahmed Mahmoud Khatib from Marea, Aleppo shows a picture of his son. taken by the Syrian regime over 2 year's ago.

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Reyhanli, Turkey - 15/05/2015: Portrait of two Syrian refugees who run a website highlighting regime atrocities in Syria.

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12/10/16: Nabatiyeh, Lebanon: The Day of Ashura where Shia muslim pilgrims congregate commemorates the death of Husayn.

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12/10/16: Nabatiyeh, Lebanon: The Day of Ashura where Shia muslim pilgrims congregate commemorates the death of Husayn.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/09/2016: A worker takes a break on a construction site.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: The referee awaits the arrival of prospective kushti fiighters to present themselves.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: A prospective fighter comes forward from the crowd dancing and jumping to huge applause to present himself as a contestant.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Portrait of a Kushti fighter.

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Dubai, UAE - 08/11/2015: Expatriate Pakistani men watching the Friday Kushti battle between Mohamed Shahed and Mohamed Salwa.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: One of the judges intervenes as Mohamed Shahed (blue) and Mohamed Salwa fight each other. Fights are overseen by a referee inside the ring as well as an extra referee watching from outside the main circle.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Expatriate Pakistani men celebrating the victory of a Kushti fighter.

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Dubai, UAE - 16/11/2015: Faisal (top) is from Hyderabad in India and works as a mechanic in Dubai. He started Kushti 7 year's ago having previously studied judo. He trains after work each day with his friends for around 2 hours between 7-9pm.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A family stand outside their partially destroyed home, bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Ahmed, a prison officer and social worker checks on the inmates at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. The inmate numbers vary from 40-70 as the officers try to solve issues by communicating between the arrested parties before the cases reach the court.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: The inmates study the Quran as part of their rehabilitation.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Ahmed, who works as both a prison supervisor and social worker talks to 2 prisoners incarcerated for moral crimes at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. With a 20% re-offending rate, the prison prides itself on the prisoners’ change in attitude. Recently-released prisoners are encouraged to keep in touch and come back to the officers if they need help, economic or otherwise.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Ahmed, who works as both a prison supervisor and social worker talks to a prisoner incarcerated for moral crimes at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. Prisoners are separated according to their type of crime: moral, theft, drugs, or murder. The prison officers create a general programme for the inmates to help reform their behaviour.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Baby inside the prison with his mother who has been incarcerated for stealing, Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. The group are in a Quran lecture, which Yasmine, one of the prison guards believes “good people go to mosques but these women do not know how to go to the mosques. They need help, they need somebody to guide them down the right path in their lives.”

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Inmates pray together at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Baraa' and his mother, an inmate due to a 'moral crime' walk down a corridor at the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre for Women. Babies and young children can remain with their mothers for 2-3 years after which they either remain with relatives of the inmate or are referred to an aid organisation based in Rafah.

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 17/02/2016: Fatma Yahya from Damascus is 30 year’s old and is a Syrian refugee in Lebanon. She left Syria when the conflict started and is working as a hairdresser to support her husband and kids. Her husband is a refugee in Germany and she is hoping to join him with their family. Fatma stands outside her salon in Baalbeck. Fatma did various gender empowerment and leadership training with Action Aid: “the most important thing with the gender training is that I felt empowered, I am self-confident and at the same time I feel I can now support others. It’s important to have your own career and business, and not to wait for others to support you or give you aid. If I didn’t have this salon, my kids and I would be in a bad situation. I want to improve my skills and career, perhaps progress to a bigger salon.”

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 17/02/2016: Fatma Yahya lives in Baalbeck, a conservative area in Lebanon. She finds men are not accepting of the new trend of Syrian women taking on more traditionally male roles but finds some of the more open minded men do accept it. “To be a successful woman is hard, I miss the time with my kids and my husband, I miss what they are doing at school and tracking their school work but I have to do this to survive.”

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BAALBECK, Lebanon: 17/02/2016: Fatma Yahya has 2 daughters and a son. She has had her salon for 1 year cutting hair for both men and women. She worked as a hairdresser back in Syria but never used to cut men’s hair. Now she needs to make as much money as she can to support her 4 children and her husband. “Because of the situation, I see more women doing traditionally male roles, for sure we are doing it because we need the money, instead of asking people to support us. We have the power to do this.”

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: The Israeli army opens the separation barrier to allow the Palestinian farmers access to their land. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Two women wait patiently in their farm vehicle for Israel to open the separation barrier to allow them access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: NabiI Daoud's secuirty pass or 'Tasriyah' which allows him access across the Israeli separation barrier to 70% of his family's farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Mohammad Daoud awaits the Israeli army's opening of the separation barrier to allow him access to his family's farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Men sleeping at 6am whilst waiting for the Israeli army to open the separation barrier to allow them access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: Samiya and Iyad Daoud taking care of their Zaatar fields, which are located on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier, which means they have limited access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: The Daoud family's Zaatar fields, which are located on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier, which means they have limited access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Falama, Palestine - 04/08/2015: The Daoud family take a tea break from tending to their Zaatar fields, located on both sides of the Israeli separation barrier, which means they have limited access to their farmland. There are only three half hour openings per day and 300 farmers queueing for access, some denied entry on a dally basis.

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Gaza, Palestine - 25/09/2014: Antar Ahmed Al Shenbari and family, currently live at a UN school in Beit Hanoun after their family home was destroyed in "Operation Protective Edge". They are dependent on NGOs filling up water tanks in the school each day.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: The 'Clown Doctor' Alaa Megdad entertains 10 year old Marrah Deyab in the kidney dialysis ward at the Al Ranteesy Hospital in Gaza City. Marrah suffers from kidney failure and for the last 5 years has spent 4 days a week, 4 hours each trip on a dialysis machine. She has been denied access to a hospital in Nablus, Palestine by the Israeili authorities where she needs life-saving treatment.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan, head of Hamas's female police unit, photographed at her desk in the Arafat police station, showing her 7 year old son. Fadel, how to perform the perfect salute.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan, head of Hamas's female police unit's son and body guard at the Arafat police station.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan, head of Hamas's female police unit, photographed in a meeting with her police officers.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Umm Mohamed, Dr Narimeen Fadel Adwan's assistant and second in command at Hamas's female police unit, pictured at home with 4 of her children.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a weapons training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.

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Gaza, Palestine - 10/07/2015: Hamas's female police in a training session run by Umm Mohamed, the second in command of the female unit.